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Coffee Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

381 Reviews

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Reviews: 381
Hads: 899
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 204
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Reviews: 381 | Hads: 899
Photo of Powderhornphil
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours lighter bodied black. Three fingers head with nice retention.

Aroma is quite understated. Mild coffee and roast.

Taste is a very easy drinking coffee and roast flavor. A sugar cookie type sweetness is also apparent.Flavor is more pronounced than the nose but still quiet subtle.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Certainly not the most aggressive coffee stout.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade. Pours deep brown with a one finger kahki head that recedes quickly. Earthy coffe and roasty malt aroma with some hop presence. Flavor is lots of coffee and roasty smokey goodness. Really easy drinking and relatively high carbonation. Dry finish and a bit of bite at the end. Good stuff. A stout you could drink all day, but not sure I would put it in the "Sweet Stout" category like it is here. Closer to a porter than to "sweet."

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Photo of jaasen64
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into HF stemmed glass, thanks Corbet for this one.

A- Pours a brownish color with some translucency along the sides of the glass. About a half-finger of off-white with a slight mocha color head forms that leaves some very light spotty lacing while receding to a very thin layer.

S- Slight presence of coffee with a tiny bit of hops, not much stout-like qualities coming through. About average aroma strength, decently pleasant smelling but not quite to the potential I was hoping for.

T- Light presence of creamy coffee, some very light roasted malts, finishes with a light hop presence balance with a tiny bit of hops. Like the aroma, I don't detect too much of a chocolate presence. Decent tasting but I'd like the stout side to shine through a little bit more with a little bit more of a coffee presence.

M- Fairly thin for the style, moderate carbonation but fitting for the beer, easy to drink but a little bit too thin for my preference.

O- This was a decent beer for a <6% coffee stout however like I mentioned the stout side could have come out a little bit more with the coffee being a little bit bolder. Drank a little bit more like a coffee flavored ale then a coffee stout. Despite that being said it was very easy to drink and I still enjoyed trying it.

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Photo of Etan
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


A: Pours jet black with a large light tan head.

S: Nice mix of coffee beans, mild roast, cocoa maltiness, toasted grain.

T: Taste brings mild coffee, brown bread, baker's chocolate, some grain husk.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: An easy-drinking coffee stout that's pretty light on the coffee.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pour tan head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing. Black in color but not as thick as an imperial.

S: roasted malt and coffee. Very subtle dark fruit notes. Smells very well balanced

T: defiantly getting a nice dark malty richness with a very subtle coffee flavor and a surprisingly clean mid section.

M: moderate carbonation, lighter then I'm used to for the style but goes well with the clean feel of the brew.

O: creative take on an already good style. Crisp and clean are not word usually associated with coffee stouts but new glarus has a way of making seemingly questionable combinations delicious

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Photo of Wrend
4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best stout beer I have ever had.

Just took a road trip up to New Glarus WI and picked up a case of this brew (and a couple others) on me and my wife's wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, they didn't have it on tap there for tasting, but I figured I would like it just the same, and boy was I right!

This brew is best slightly chilled, but not too cold, because you want to be able to fully taste the flavor potential this beer has to offer. It is perhaps a little on the tame side of things, almost enough to make this a session beer, but what it has comes together perfectly. The mark of a true quality beer is the 10 second rule. Take a swig, wait 10 seconds, and then what you taste after that is the mark of quality. Initial flavor (including scent) is smooth, dark malt, slightly sweet, and slightly bitter and smoky with a little coffee and hints of chocolate and caramel. But, wait 10 seconds and it hits you. Whatever it is, I'm unable to fully describe, but to try, in two word: delicious satisfaction. Try the brew, let it linger a moment, and you'll know what I mean. If you don't, then I feel sorry for you.

There isn't really any one specific thing that makes this brew stand out to me. However, it seems just about the perfect balance of everything that makes a stout of this caliber good, excluding perhaps the over-dramatization and intensity of some other offerings. (Just be done with it and become a chilli pepper head, or something, if that's what you're after... Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Even from the bottle, chilled, but not cold, I can not recommend this beer too much. Get one (or preferably several) now.

Mine was poured into a New Glarus flute-like pint glass that I got from the brewery's sampling garden.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Large pillowy bronze colored foamy head. Brew is medium viscosity and black. Awesome "tight" lacing.

Very light caramel scented coffee aroma.

Smooth, crisp, lingering finish, well put together, light, aromatic, lots of caramel, slight hint of coffee and is well placed. My only gripe is that it's a bit too light.

Recommended, but not a "must find". Thanks for sharing!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown black color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-dark roasted malt , coffee, chocolate, hint of brown sugar

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a solid stout with decent flavor

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Photo of morimech
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black color with a massive head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Underwhelming aroma for a stout, let alone a coffee stout. Mild roasted malt with a hint of smoke and cocoa. No sign of coffee.

Faintest of coffee flavor. Smoke is the main contributor to the flavor with cocoa coming in near the finish. Mild roasted bitterness.

Not a big body but it is not a big beer. Feels a little thin but is nicely carbonated. Soft and smooth. Too bad the flavors are not there for it to compliment.

Probably New Glarus's least impressive beer. Just does not deliver the coffee and the base stout is not that impressive either.

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Photo of MikeAAL
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not too bad. Very pronounced coffee flavor.

Creamy tan head. Black body.

Smells like coffee, roasted malts and chocolate.

Definately tastes like coffee. Than you can taste chocolate and malts.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Good flavor, light body. This is a good beer.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

S - Mellow coffee, dark chocolate.

A - Very dark black in color but not necessarily opaque. Dark tan head is large and rocky. No lacing.

T - Malt character is just chocolate and coffee like. Very smooth feel with great drinkability. The coffee shows its colors in the latter half, fresh and mellow yet adding tons of flavor. The finish leaves you with a lasting coffee note.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium-light carbonation, never really sweet nor dry.

O - The malt taste skips pretty much all intermittent crystal malts and goes right for chocolate malts leaving a one-dimensional flavor. Sometimes you get a coffee stout that seems to consist of diner coffee, in this case the coffee is distinguishable and yet smooth with no harsh bitterness, pleasant. Body left a bit to be desired and the nose was a little understated. I recommend drinking this beer as absolutely fresh as possible. I've had this beer around for a little while and it seems to diminish quickly with age.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2012
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a really deep dark brown/black. Light tan layer of one finger of head. Leaves some nice lacing sheeting.

S: Smell is more of a ground coffee aroma. There is some dark chocolate there. Some cocoa. And this bottle might be nearly a year old, so still holding up nicely.

T: Tip of the tongue, I get chocolate first. Then I get some of that ground coffee flavor. It's a nice mesh of the two.

M: Big medium leading to full, good carbonation makes it feel lighter.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap with stylish blue label acquired in a trade from the very gracious Duff27 served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery - which makes some beers I really adore.

Allowed to warm nearly to room temperature in keeping with instructions on the label. I mean, it's slightly chilled as I start to pour it but I'm planning to savour this one. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a gorgeous light tan colour of great cream, amazing thickness, and fantastic retention. Light thin lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a very dark brown. I love the soft mocha head; it's near ideal in colour for the style methinks. Often, stouts go for that rich vibrant dark tan, but this one keeps the head colour a bit lighter, evoking a less boozy dark malty flavour and more of a restrained roast character. I'm excited to try it. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Evocative cold-pressed coffee, a bit of roast, soft cream, well executed dark malts, milky notes, mocha, light cola notes, marshmallow, light nutty notes, and some black coffee bitterness. Any hopping is so minimal as to be imperceptible. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Comes off subtle and pleasant. I'm excited to try it.

T: Delightfully integrated full-flavoured coffee; mocha, cream, light coffee bitterness, sinfully delicious roast - it's all here. Maybe even a dash of espresso. It's balanced near perfectly with some light cola notes, well executed dark malts, marshmallow, and light nuts. I'm not big on the cola notes; they weaken the body. It lacks the complexity and bold aggressive flavour I love in a coffee stout, but it compensates with impressive balance and notable subtlety. A bit of milk chocolate in the third act. I don't get any yeast or alcohol.

Mf: Silky smooth and refreshingly wet. Perfect carbonation. Chewy feel. Feels good on the tongue; not too overbearing, actually quite luscious. It's full bodied, but it might be a bit thin.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for a coffee stout; it's more approachable than most offerings. I'll enjoy this bottle, and I'm impressed by the subtlety and balance New Glarus has brought to it. But I do want more complexity and boldness from a coffee stout. I love the experimentation and would definitely get this again - now knowing what it tastes like. Another solid brew from one of the best breweries around. Highly recommended for fans of the style; this pushes boundaries - just in a different direction than most.


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Photo of Danmullens1
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time for a coffee break. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Foamy, tan head that goes away quickly leaving only nice lacing and a ring around the glass. Dark, opaque brown with a tint of amber where the light hits. Lookin' good.

Smells like black coffee, sweet mocha, toffee, malt, vanilla, and a very pleasant hint of booze.

Love coffee--love beer, and I have to say this is the best, most complex mix of the two I've had. Very sweet, malty character, yet so well-balanced with the bitterness of the coffee and hops. As this beer warms I get oak, toffee, bourbon, and almost forget about the coffee that hit me up front. Exceptional taste and drinkability. Wish I had a pot-full of this stuff.

Mouthfeel maybe leans light and fizzy for a stout but does not distract.

Overall an excellent beer. Another nicely done to New Glarus. On Wisconsin!

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, tulip

A: Almost completely opaque, but somehow feels more brown than black. Dense and creamy tan head which forms nearly perfect rings with each sip.

S: Bold roasted malt aromas. Rich coffee aroma, dark chocolate. Toasted marshmellow, walnuts.

T: Strong roast dominates, a little acrid. Lingering like an uncut espresso shot. Some nuttiness creeps in as it warms up, but still takes a back seat. Trying to locate some of the sweeter aromas that I picked up, but they’re just not coming in the flavor.

M: Solidly medium. Not as full or creamy as one might expect.

O: Out of the bottle, seemed poised to amaze. Aromas were ridiculous. Gotta say it came up a little short on the finish. Nice beer, just ended up a little too one note in the end to be spectacular.

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Photo of cradke
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours Dark with brown hues. Finger thick fine head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Dark Malts. A little bit of dark coffee and espresso notes thrown in there. Pleasant and very approachable. Maybe a little subdued than some other big coffee stouts.

Taste: Almost an identical copy to the smell. Very pleasant malts and chocolate. The coffee notes are nice and a little subdued. Acidic and sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little thin but with some carbonation. Pleasant.

Overall: I enjoy this beer quite a bit but it's (unfortunately) pretty average. Enjoyable but pretty average.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(from 2/8/2013)
Dark black pour from 12oz bottle into pint glass with a creamy light brown head.
A-coffee and roasted malts., some chocolate
M- Light body and low carbonation.
T- bold coffee and dark malts.
O- easy drinking stout. Tasty but nothing too special

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Photo of MaximalC
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with peripheral transparency and a moderate mocha head that soon settles into an attractive, patchy froth. Aroma, though mild, smells of roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. Flavor tastes of coffee with a fairly strong hop presence and prickly carbonation. The coffee itself is a little more muted than anticipated. The bottle suggests serving at room temperature, so I'm a long way off drinking this straight from the fridge. A little warming appears to be in order here...

With some warming, trace chocolate comes through in the aftertaste. Coffee flavor, while fairly black, is mild enough to avoid acridity. Mouthfeel is semi-creamy and easy to drink, but thinner than I'm looking for in a stout. Good balance serves the drinkability as well. The hops meld nicely with the bitterness of the coffee.

Overall, this coffee stout comes off as a safe and easy-drinking stout with little in the way of complexity or nuance. Not quite coffee enough for a coffee fan or stout enough for a stout fan, I can't help but feel a little underwhelmed in spite of this brew's adequacy.

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Photo of dlello2
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - long time want. Excited to give this guy a try.

A - Looks very nice. Pours fairly full-bodied with a nice white head. Ring of head sticks around.

S - Not all that fantastic. Tastes like coffee that was brewed a few days prior and left out at room temperature. Some vegetal notes. As it warms some more sweetness comes out in the aroma along with some cocoa.

T - Sweet milk chocolate and coffee to start with. Wish that it had more roast flavor... and even some fresh hops would help. Still decent.

M - Quite creamy, but the carbonation balances that well. Medium bodied.

O - I liked this beer. I will probably not seek it out again as there are just so many other coffee beers out there that are more pleasing to my palate. There is something about this one that seems artificial--like hersey's syrup in dunkin donuts coffee. Counter-intuitive as I know New Glarus cares a whole lot more than that. Hmm.

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Photo of NSK79
2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter.

A - Poured a jet black with a beautiful creamy head, nice residual lacing.

S - Light toasted notes, vanilla, and coffee

T - The coffee flavor was very hidden and underwhelming, I thought it might improve as the beer warmed up but I only got more vanilla as the beer warmed.

M - Very thin for a stout, I almost felt that I was drinking a Porter.

O - If this beer was billed as a Vanilla Porter, I would have given it better marks, but instead I ended up being very disappointed, and sad to say this was the first craft beer I poured down the drain. Coffee stouts are one of my favorite styles and unfortunately this beer fell flat for me. I have great respect for NG, especially their fruit beers, maybe this was a bad bottle and a second try will be better.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle with no date into plastic cup

Look is a very dark brown with some amber hue around the edges. Small khaki head fades to a ring. Smell is roasted malts, black coffee, and some earthy hops. Taste is more of the same: dark roasty malts, some wet mossy hops, and a blast of iced coffee. Feel is only slightly heavier than your average porter. Still, quite silky.

The best coffee stout I've ever had, should be a year-round brew. Now I need to speed back to Wisco and pick up a couple more six-packs.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

dark brown almost black with 2 fingers of tan head which dissipated slowly and left behind nice amount of lacing. smells of coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted grains, mmm more coffee smells. lots of vanilla bean, coffee (light roast) dark roasted grains, chocolate. this is delicious. medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky on the lips yet creamy on the palate and smooth going down.

an excellent stout.. wish this wasn't a seasonal, but hey - i'm glad i have a steady trade buddy to send me full packs of stuff like this randomly.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a completely opaque black color with a tint of brown. A mocha-tan head quickly fades to a thick ring of foam.

S: Very much a roasted aroma, but not much depth to it. Coffee is present but faint.

T: Similar roasted flavors that I picked up in the aroma but with a little more to them. Coffee builds to a definite bitter presence in the mid-palate, and lingers through to the finish. Slight sweet notes reminiscent of a milk stout, maybe a touch of vanilla and brown sugar, but otherwise a bitter beer.

M: A little bit thin and watery for my taste. Low overall carbonation but it is sharp on the tongue, enhancing the bitter coffee flavor.

O: A decent but in no way extraordinary beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

big thanks to pmoney for tossing this want my way at a tasting recently. enjoyed from a new glarus taster.

a - poured a watery black with a fairly generous grey fizzy foamy head that fizzled away relatively quickly leaving streaky fizzy lacing. there was a thin skin of bubbles that hung out on the surface but for the most part, it was gone quick.

s - bittery gourmet coffee. some bakers chocolate. some char. fairly nice.

t - tastes like watery bitter coffee. lots of char. some chocolate, but in general not very beery.

m - body is fairly thin and watery. good carbonation, but in general too soft. missing some balls. fairly porter-like.

o - overall, the coffee in this beer is definitely reminiscent of breakfast stout and joe mama's milk and other coffee stouts that i dig, but the body is lacking. watery and fizzy at the same time. good, just not great. i'd have it again, but won't actively seek it out.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From 01/26/13 notes. Big thanks to lansman for sending this to me as an extra. 12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, biter chocolate, vanilla, coffee, some sweet chocolate, and some bready malts. Nice...not a ton of coffee, but overall some nice flavors.

t - Taste follows the nose quite closely. Lots of roasted malts, sweet and bitter chocolate, and light coffee. Nice, but not a ton going on and a little bit lacking in the coffee department.

m - Light, thin body and moderate carbonation. A little watery body and too thin for a stout. East to drink.

o - Overall a solid American stout; some nice chocolate and roasted malts, though it is light on the coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin for a stout, but worth trying. Would have it again.

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Coffee Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.